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by Mariano Tomatis
August 31st, 2015, 6:33 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Two mentalists in a bamboo maze
Replies: 0
Views: 487

Two mentalists in a bamboo maze

Last 26 August I have visited the huge Franco Maria Ricci’s Labyrinth, covering over 8 hectares of land in the countryside near Parma (Italy) and grown out with a variety of bamboo species. Looking at it with the “eye of the mentalist”, with my friend Francesco Busani we conceived this prank . Hope ...
by Mariano Tomatis
March 30th, 2015, 11:25 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: People's Magic Library
Replies: 9
Views: 2500

People's Magic Library

Eight centuries of open access books about magic? You will find them in my "People's Magic Library": more than one thousand documents to read and/or download.

Click here and enjoy!
by Mariano Tomatis
March 24th, 2015, 6:36 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: magic book exhibition
Replies: 10
Views: 2402

Re: magic book exhibition

Yes, they were - both original books and replicas. I am preparing a complete online catalogue with photos and relevant links.
by Mariano Tomatis
March 23rd, 2015, 5:52 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: magic book exhibition
Replies: 10
Views: 2402

Re: magic book exhibition

Those who still haven't visited the Magic Books Exhibition in NYC will find here:
http://www.marianotomatis.it/magicbooks/index.php?id=4
all the 32 panels both in English and Italian language (just scroll the page and click on each thumbnail).
by Mariano Tomatis
March 14th, 2015, 8:11 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: magic book exhibition
Replies: 10
Views: 2402

Re: magic book exhibition

Much appreciated Richard! Thanks a lot, love volvelles :D
by Mariano Tomatis
March 13th, 2015, 11:40 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: magic book exhibition
Replies: 10
Views: 2402

Re: magic book exhibition

For those who couldn't attend the lecture show, here is the full script with slides:
http://www.marianotomatis.it/slide.php? ... MagicBooks
It just misses the magic tricks I performed live.

Mariano Tomatis
Turin, Italy
by Mariano Tomatis
March 8th, 2015, 9:00 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: magic book exhibition
Replies: 10
Views: 2402

Re: magic book exhibition

Thank you Bill, the book trailer is in Italian only, but "visual" enough to provide a good idea of the topic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EccKFztBhj8
You can follow the work behind the scenes on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hashtag/nycmagicboo ... e&src=hash
by Mariano Tomatis
September 21st, 2013, 11:57 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Annemann's stooges
Replies: 2
Views: 1271

Re: Annemann's stooges

Thank you Gordon, really appreciated!
Greetings from Italy by me and Ferdinando Buscema, who is with me now.
by Mariano Tomatis
September 6th, 2013, 6:34 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Annemann's stooges
Replies: 2
Views: 1271

Annemann's stooges

"Ted Annemann once said that in a room of four people, if it took three stooges to fool the one person, he'd perform the effect anyway and feel justified in letting that party think he was a miracle man." Linking Ring Vol. 17, No. 11, January 1938. Any earlier reference to this (often cit...
by Mariano Tomatis
July 22nd, 2013, 5:39 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Now you (can) see first few minutes
Replies: 26
Views: 5457

Re: Now you (can) see first few minutes

The scene with money falling from the ceiling is very similar to the one described by Michail Bulgakov in his novel "The Master and Margarita". Here some excerpts from the book.
by Mariano Tomatis
June 4th, 2013, 6:04 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Women in half
Replies: 0
Views: 481

Women in half

"Women in half" is my documentary about stage magic and femicide. It covers the story of the involvement of women in magic, from Georges Méliès up to our days, through Grand Guignol Theatre, Orson Welles and Penn & Teller.
It is in Italian language, with English subtitles. Enjoy it.
by Mariano Tomatis
April 11th, 2013, 7:00 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: How to create chocolate out of nothing
Replies: 5
Views: 610

How to create chocolate out of nothing

Do you want to solve world hunger with magic? Slice a chocolare bar into 4 pieces and rearrange 3 of them: you will get the original bar plus a square, appeared out of nothing. Repeating the procedure, you can produce as much chocolate as you want. This tutorial will teach you how to do it: http://w...
by Mariano Tomatis
September 30th, 2012, 11:55 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Quote by S.H. Sharpe
Replies: 2
Views: 486

Re: Quote by S.H. Sharpe

Thank you very much, Joe!
by Mariano Tomatis
September 30th, 2012, 10:51 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Quote by S.H. Sharpe
Replies: 2
Views: 486

Quote by S.H. Sharpe

I have found the beautiful quote by S.H. Sharpe "The underlying purpose of magic is not to deceive but to encourage to approach life and the cosmos in a state of wonder." Unfortunately, I couldn't trace its origins. In Linking Ring , Vol. 66, N. 1, January 1986 he wrote: "The underlyi...
by Mariano Tomatis
April 15th, 2012, 6:23 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Divide et impera
Replies: 8
Views: 1495

Re: Divide et impera

According to Tom Ransom (who knows a lot about this sort of thing), the earliest appearance of this principle as applied to conjuring is in Recreations with Mathematics by Charles Hutton, published in England in 1801. Thank you Max, I located here the page in Hutton's book: http://books.google.ch/b...
by Mariano Tomatis
April 13th, 2012, 6:20 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: The map of Andrea Ghisi's Laberinto
Replies: 7
Views: 1820

Re: The map of Andrea Ghisi's Laberinto

...and what a pleasant visit the one at Magic Castle!
Lisa, Bill and Jack generously opened me the doors of the MC Library and I could spend some time in exploring its treasures.
Delightful experience in LA: thank you Lisa!
by Mariano Tomatis
April 13th, 2012, 6:14 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Divide et impera
Replies: 8
Views: 1495

Divide et impera

Hi all, tracing the history of a very old principle - the "Divide et impera", already present in Luca Pacioli's Codex Vaticanus - I am looking for the first version in print of the well known binary trick using some tables to divine a number thought of. Sid Lorraine printed in on his perso...
by Mariano Tomatis
February 23rd, 2012, 12:42 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: "Graceful Thought" by Pietro Millioni (1649)
Replies: 0
Views: 464

"Graceful Thought" by Pietro Millioni (1649)

Sharing with you my latest discovery. Pietro Millioni was an Italian composer and author lived in 17th century. In 1649 he published a book of secrets entitled Gratioso pensiero ("Graceful Thought"). http://www.marianotomatis.it/blog/?post=20120223 The book could be used to divine a name t...
by Mariano Tomatis
December 1st, 2011, 6:54 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: The interactive investigation of Alphonse Bertillon
Replies: 0
Views: 288

The interactive investigation of Alphonse Bertillon

This is the story of a criminologist using numbers to catch criminals. His name was Alphonse Bertillon. His dream was to capture Ravachol - a ruthless bandit, who had no qualms about killing women and children. Nobody knew what he looked like, and could be anyone. The Parisians had nicknamed the &qu...
by Mariano Tomatis
November 29th, 2011, 5:00 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: "Through The Looking Glass"
Replies: 1
Views: 386

"Through The Looking Glass"

The existence of the Other Side is a demanding theme. Narratives and Games may help us in reflecting about it. In the book "Through The Looking Glass", Alice makes a visit to a dimension on the other side of a looking glass, where the White Queen confesses her that every day she trains her...
by Mariano Tomatis
November 10th, 2011, 6:24 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: The map of Andrea Ghisi's Laberinto
Replies: 7
Views: 1820

Re: The map of Andrea Ghisi's Laberinto

I'm back to this thread just to say that on 11/11/11 I'm giving a talk during an Italian Congress dedicated to numerology. The topic of my speech will be "How we used number to read minds four centuries ago" and it will deal with Andrea Ghisi's book. Find here text and slides of my talk: <...
by Mariano Tomatis
September 23rd, 2011, 6:58 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: The map of Andrea Ghisi's Laberinto
Replies: 7
Views: 1820

The map of Andrea Ghisi's Laberinto

In 1607 Andrea Ghisi , a Venetian nobleman, published a peculiar book entitled "Il laberinto del Signor Andrea Ghisi nel qual si contiene una tessitura di due mila ducento sessanta Figure, che aprendolo tre volte, con facilit si pu saper qual figura si sia immaginata" . The book can be use...
by Mariano Tomatis
July 24th, 2011, 7:45 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Essential Magic Conference July7,8,9 2011
Replies: 28
Views: 5303

Re: The Essential Magic Conference July7,8,9 2011

Have you noticed that Essential Magic Conference logo is a trip-let, a 3-dimensional object shaped in such a way that its projections along three mutually perpendicular axes are three different letters of the alphabet?
Here you can find my magic homage to Marco, David and Luis.
by Mariano Tomatis
July 9th, 2010, 11:53 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: 2012 trick Forcing-Matrix-Based
Replies: 1
Views: 665

2012 trick Forcing-Matrix-Based

Find out your stress level towards the Great Shift of 2012. Concerned about Mayan prophecy? Cinically skeptic? Totally uninterested in the topic? Try with this interactive psychological test! <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.dharmainitiative.it/index.php?id=test&n=12">http://www.dh...
by Mariano Tomatis
March 27th, 2010, 2:30 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Vanishing Leprechaun
Replies: 16
Views: 10016

Re: The Vanishing Leprechaun

Download from here: http://www.dharmainitiative.it/tests/8/Hooper1774.pdf the first reference in literature to a similar puzzle in William Hooper, Rational Recreations: In which the Principles of Numbers and Natural Philosophy are Clearly and Copiously Elucidated, by a Series of Easy, Entertaining, ...
by Mariano Tomatis
March 27th, 2010, 1:56 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Vanishing Leprechaun
Replies: 16
Views: 10016

Re: The Vanishing Leprechaun

Based on the same idea, I created this:
http://www.dharmainitiative.it/index.php?id=test&n=8

Mariano

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